Lacy and Shewmake named to Golden Spikes Award watch list

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M sophomore pitcher Asa Lacy and junior shortstop Braden Shewmake were two of 40 players named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, USA Baseball announced Wednesday.

The midseason watch list features 40 of the nation's top amateur players from the high school and college ranks, and boasts 21 athletes, including Lacy and Shewmake, whom have played their way onto the watch list since the preseason list was announced on February 5. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on May 15. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation on June 14.

Texas A&M is one of seven schools with multiple players on the midseason watch list, along with fellow SEC members Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, plus Arizona State, North Carolina State, Oregon State and Washington.

Lacy, recently named to the Perfect Game Midseason All-America Team, is 6-0 with a 1.29 ERA and .141 opponent batting average through eight starts. He sports a 0.88 WHIP and has 79 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. He ranks fourth in the nation in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (14.61), 11th in hits allowed per nine innings (4.25) and 17th in ERA and 30th in WHIP.

Lacy has already bested all the numbers from his freshman campaign. He pitched in 23 games as a rookie, including two starts, posting a 3-1 record with one save, a 2.75 ERA, .200 opponent batting average and 48 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.

Shewmake has started all 35 games for the Aggies in 2019, batting .331 (48-for-145) with 28 runs, seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 32 RBI. He sports a .378 on-base percentage and has six stolen bases on the year. The Wylie, Texas, native recently moved into ninth place on the Aggies’ career RBI list with 146.

Last season, Shewmake earned All-SEC First Team recognition as a shortstop. He played in 61 games, notching a .327 batting average with 43 runs, eight doubles, four triples, five home runs, 45 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

As a freshman, Shewmake filled up his trophy case playing second base for Texas A&M. In addition to earning the Aggies' first SEC Freshman of the Year honor, he was named All-America First Team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and All-America Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and D1Baseball.com. Collegiate Baseball named him National Freshman of the Year and the NCBWA christened Shewmake the District VII Player of the Year.

The Maroon & White return to action Friday at 6:32 p.m. when they start a three-game series against the No. 19 Auburn Tigers on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.